published Friday, August 15th, 2014

New York couple arrested in Amish girls' kidnapping

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    St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin M. Wells briefs the media on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 in Heuvelton, N.Y., on the investigation into the abduction of two Amish sisters from the family’s roadside vegetable stand on Aug. 13.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

ALBANY, N.Y. — A northern New York couple has been accused of kidnapping two Amish sisters from their family's roadside farm stand.

St. Lawrence County's District Attorney Mary Rain says 39-year-old Stephen Howells and 25-year-old Nicole Vaisey of Hermon were each charged Friday with two counts each of first-degree kidnapping.

She says they're in custody awaiting arraignment Friday night and additional charges are possible.

The sisters vanished Wednesday evening in Oswegatchie, touching off a massive search in the farming community near the Canadian border.

They turned up safe Thursday night at the door of a house 15 miles from their home.

Authorities had been tight-lipped about details, including what happened to 7-year-old Delila Miller and 12-year-old Fannie Miller while missing.

Shocked residents were reluctant to let their children play outdoors since the episode.

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